The Shout Out Louds hail from Stockholm, Sweden, where, I would guess, it’s often dark and cold. Consequently, this album has a melancholy charm to it.

Opening track “1999” is a hopeful anthem sporting a decent tempo and chorus. “Candle Burned Out” starts out slow with a steady floor tom and Beach Boys-y guitar and then builds into a multilayered orchestration.

Nearly every song on Work could fit on almost any boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-back soundtrack. It's elegantly simple in its structure, yet far from boring.

Singer Adam Olenius has a voice that was meant for pop music. I hear Robert Smith, Tony Lewis, and fellow Swede Morten Harket of a-ha, all rolled into a tasty albeit depressed tone.

Wikipedia defines the Shout Out Louds as “twee.” That may be a fair estimation. Still, Work fits in my music collection. Got it alongside Rancid and Beethoven.

  • Album title: Work (2010)
  • Artist: Shout Out Louds
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Songs: (1) 1999 (2) Fall Hard (3) Play the Game (4) Walls (5) Candle Burned Out (6) Throwing Stones (7) Four by Four (8) Moon (9) Show Me Something New (10) Too Late, Too Slow

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